I love what I do. I get to learn something new every day, participate in a variety of forums that let me share what I know about raising great kids without power struggles with parents around the world, and enjoy feeling appreciated for my work. It’s a great life, and most of the time I’m cruising, enjoying the ride enormously.
But even so, I have days — sometimes a string of them — when I lose my momentum. It may be that I’m tired from too much traveling, or it could be that I’ve had to hassle with my computer or deal with a horrible situation with a family I’m counseling. On those kind of days, I fondly recall the little cabin I saw a few years ago on the western coast of New Zealand’s South Island, and I fantasize about an early retirement.
There were any number of questions I might have asked the exceptional women I spoke with at More Magazine’s Reinvention Convention a few days ago, but one was near and dear to my heart. What do you do when you feel stuck or uninspired? I was eager to hear what others do when they momentarily misplace their fire and passion.
Financial journalist Jean Chatzky told me that she “just does something, even if it’s not the ‘right’ thing.” She said that being in motion is often enough to get her unstuck, a theme that was echoed by several of the other powerful women I spoke with.
Laura Munson, author of, “This is Not the Story You Think It Is,” explained that when she’s feeling uninspired, she asks herself, “What can I create?”, allowing the answer to be something as seemingly small as weeding a single square foot of her garden. “I also write…anything. It’s my practice, prayer, and meditation. My holy sacred space, and my lifeline.”
Mel Robbins is a powerhouse — a self-described “blast from the fire hydrant” when it comes to challenging her audience to take action steps no matter how unmotivated they might be. One of the tips she shared with me was what she calls the Five Second Rule. She said that if you’re feeling stuck, get out of your head, which prefers autopilot versus expansion. “If you’re in your head, you are behind enemy lines!” She went on to suggest picking up one thing that interests you.
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